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Protest act against the extradition of Denis Chalovskis to USA

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTuesday, August 6, a protest act is held outside the Cabinet of Ministers against the extradition of Latvian hacker Denis Chalovskis to USA.

Denis Chalovskis, born 1985, was arrested in his apartment on December 4, 2012. The operation was carried out by American armed operatives. Chalovskis is charged with modifying the Gozi computer virus.

Chalovskis faces 67 years of prison in USA. The decision regarding Chalovskis’ extradition will be made by the government August 6, 2013.

Chalovskis’ defence claim that the arrest was carried out with multiple violations of human rights. On top of that, the defence claims that U.S. representatives did not provide any proof of Chalovskis’ guilt or proof of him ever being in USA.

Chalovskis claims he had never developed or modified any viruses. He has been living with his parents in Imanta and earning money by repairing motorcycles.

According to a representative of the pro bono movement Romans Drics (he was the one who informed the media about the protest act), many representatives of Latvia intellectuals, politicians, journalists and other people have expressed their will to oppose the extradition. More than 2,500 people have signed an online petition.

“Is it possible to extradite a Latvian citizen to be tried in another country (that is not even in the EU) if the person’s basic human rights are violated and no proof of his guilt is provided? A country the court system of which differs greatly from that of Europe and Latvia and where torture is officially allowed,” – mentioned in the announcement.

It is also said that if a person violates the law in Latvia, he should be tried in Latvia. Chalovskis claims he is prepared to stand before the court in Latvia.

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